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ciancia concealed in a bag. >> "he then approached tsa officer gerardo hernandez here who was standing there where those flowers are -- this is a prescreening area and shot him point blank, multiple times in the chest. he then got on this escalator." >> "the defendant is to then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded tsa officer, going up escalator and then coming back down that escalator, to return and shoot the wounded officer again." >> reporter: "at the top of the escalator is the security checkpoint. at some point, he wounded two additional t-s-a officers and one passenger. this is the other side of the security checkpoint from here the gunman made his way deep into terminal 3. cell phone video captured the chaos as he neared the passenger gates." >> "people were running and getting knocked down. there was luggage everywhere. mayhem is the best way to describe it." >> reporter: we're speeding up this video so you can see his path as he wound through the terminal making his way to the gate area. ciancia had five loaded magazines a host of unspent ammo enough, says the
gerardo hernandez appeared at the airport to remember the first t.s.a. officer ever killed in the line of duty. in los angeles, carter evans begins our coverage. >> reporter: moments ago, federal authorities announced the man who opened fire on t.s.a. officers at l.a. international airport carried with him multiple assault weapon magazines and a message. >> in the note that was handwritten that we found from the defendant that was signed by the defendant, we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple t.s.a. employees. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the widow of it, say officer gerardo hernandez spoke about her husband, the first officer in the agency's history to die in the line of duty. >> we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> reporter: at lax, more than 24 hours after gunfire disrupted thousands of flights, many passengers remain stranded, their belongings still inside the terminal they were fleeing from. >> i just want to go home to hug my wife. >> reporter: paul harris was trying to get home to missouri. >> all my stuff was on the conveyo
rifle and shot gerardo i. hernandez at pointblank range. witnesses say sooens -- sooens walk said away -- paul ciancia walked away only to return and shot gerardo i. hernandez again. he left a note saying he was targeting security screeners. brian rooney has more from lax. >> we learnt a few more details. there is surveillance video of the internet - although it has not been released publicly. the fbi made a call for general video that people may have made inside the terminal. in the meantime paul ciancia faces charges that could bring him the death penalty. >> the suspect paul ciancia is unresponsive and unable to talk according to the federal bureau of investigation. he was wounded in the face by police officers at the end of the gun battle inside lax terminal 3. a note inside paul ciancia bag gave insight into his frame of mind. >> he made a conscious decision to call multiple t.s.a. employees. he addressed them at one point in the letter and stated he want to "instill fear into their traitorous minds." >> the federal bureau of investigation says paul ciancia shot t.s.a. agent gerar
in the deadly shooting of tsa officer gerardo hernandez and the wounding of four others. saturday night, 100 foot pylons lit up the sky over the airport in honor of the fallen transportation security officer, his wife is distraught. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heart broken and will miss him dearly. >> our hearts go out to the. is a officer that was shot and killed. >> reporter: who others were wounded when paul ciancia took a rifle out of his bag friday morning and started firing. this tmz video shows the ensuing mayhem. the fbi is investigating the shooting. >> we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees. >> reporter: it could have been worse if the officers did not chase the suspect through terminal 3. >> the fact they disabled this assailant within minutes saved untold lives. >> reporter: ciancia is in the hospital. the fbi says he is unresponsive. the airport, a scene of fear and confusion friday morning returned to normal operation saturday afternoon. alex stone, abc news, los angeles. >> one of the people caught in the cross fire was
-old paul anthony ciancia opened fire inside the airport killing 39-year- old tsa officer gerardo hernandez and wounding two others. law enforcement officials are now looking into a rant ciancia had on him at the time of the shooting. it referred to the new world order and had anti-tsa and anti-government claims. witnesses who encountered the suspect provided possible clues into what motivated the attack. >> the shooter was just calmly walking down the corridor, he had his gun and looked at me and said tsa? and i just shook my head, and he kept going. >> reporter: after the shooting the fbi served search warrants at the suspect's homes in l.a. and new jersey. law enforcement officials say ciancia, originally from pennsville township, new jersey sent text messages to family members there prior to the shooting. >> the text message was just a message to the little brother and the way it was written, they had some concern about it and that's when the brought to our attention. >> reporter: a neighbor of ciancia's in california says he can't believe ciancia could be the shooter. >> from knowing t
agent gerardo hernandez. his heartbroken wife saying he was proud to work for the tsa. and in tribute tonight, lights in tsa blue as you approach l.a.x. airport. meanwhile, inside the term terminals, remnants of the chaos. the mountains of luggage left behind by passengers ordered to flee as the shots rang out. our coverage tonight begins with abc's david wright at l.a.x., where he's been since the start. >> go, go, go! >> reporter: moments before all this, paul ciancia arrived at l.a.x. like a passenger, dropped off by someone driving a black hyundai. the criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court describes a cold-blooded attack. it says video surveillance showed ciancia walking up to the tsa checkpoint in terminal three, pulling a smith and wesson assault rifle out of his bag and firing multiple shots at point blank range at a tsa officer. then, it says, as he proceeded up the escalator, he looked back at the wounded officer, who in video appeared to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the fbi says ciancia gunned down two more tsa officers as he shot
was dropped off at lax before he opened his bag, whipped out an assault rifle and shot gerardo i. hernandez. paul ciancia walked away only to return and shoot gerardo i. hernandez again. killing the veteran and father of two and injured others. the 22-year-old is in police custody at a hospital and could face the death penalty. >> the healthcare.gov is down again for maintenance right
security administration officer 39-year-old gerardo hernandez was killed. two other tsa employees and a passenger were wounded. ciancia does not have a history of mental illness, but we know he texted his family recently saying that he was very unhappy to the point where his father asked lapd officers to check on his son last friday. but by the time officers got to ciancia's apartment he had already left for lax. reporting live at sfo, cate caugiiran. >>> a threat disrupted flights in alabama and prompted a two hour evacuation. an employee at birmingham-shuttlesworth airport found a threatening note in a restroom yesterday. the bomb squad found nothing dangerous. >>> new this morning a person in a wheelchair is killed in a hayes valley neighbor the of san francisco. it happened about midnight at the intersection of market street and octavia boulevard. >>> and happening today, the family of 13-year-old andy lopez plans to file a federal suit against sonoma county and the sheriff's deputy mo shot and killed the teen. the family has already filed three wrongful death claims in the ca
into their traitorous minds." the fbi says paul ciancia shot t.s.a. agent gerardo i. hernandez at the screening checkpoint. went up the elevator, came down and shot gerardo i. hernandez again. his widow spoke to reporters. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated, and we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> the federal criminal complaint says paul ciancia used a smith&wesson assault rifle and wounded two police officers and a civilion. the federal bureau of investigation says it will build a full profile of paul ciancia, and what brought him to this point. the 23-year-old was raised in this new jersey house and lived in los angeles 18 months. unanswered are questions about where he got the gun, why he targeted t.s.a. officers and whether he was mentally stable. >> there's a host of video we are going through, we are examining that. there's a tremendous amount of evidence we are kimming. >> if convicted -- we are going through. >> if convicted paul ciancia faces the death penalty. >> not everyone is on boar
at the tsa. the slain officer, 39-year-old gerardo hernandez is the first in tsa history to die in the line of duty. the father of two was always watching out for others and worried for them when his own home was robbed. >> he said be careful because people came in my house and got all kinds of stuff. i was told you have kids of him. it was nice of him. >> his brother indicated he received a text that he might do harm to himself. they spoke to his roommate and reported back that everything appears to be okay. abc news, los angeles. >> flight delays and cancellations continue. here in the bay area eight arriving plights were canceled. more than 1500 flights were affected by the shooting and investigation impacting 250,000 passengers so far. passengers flying 2 los angeles may experience delays and should check flight status before heading to the airport. a new details about the shooting suspect. 23-year-old paul ciancia. an unemployed motorcycle mechanic who moved to l.a. less than two years ago and carried at least five full 30-round magazines of ammunition and dressed in fatigues. he had a
news. >>> now to the latest in shooting at lax, gerardo hernandez is the first tsa agent to be killed in the line of duty. >> his sister said he was checking passports when he was shot. he died with from a gunshot wound to the chest. he's survived by his wife, son and daughter. this morning we are learning more about the suspect, 23-year-old unemployed mechanic paul ciancia. federal prosecutors have already filed murder charges and he could face the death penalty. police also believe someone dropped him off at the airport on friday. they want to find out who that was. here's abc7 news reporter alec stone with the latest. >> several prosecutors have filed murder charges against the suspected gunmen in the deadly shooting at los angeles international airport of tsa officer gerardo hernandez and the wounding of four others. saturday night, 100-foot pylons were lit up over the airport in honor of him. his wife is distraught. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and we will miss him dearly. >> our hearts go out to the tsa officer who was shot and killed. >> two more tsa officer
-old tsa officer gerardo hernandez was killed. federal agents brought food to the hernandez family's home. neighbors say they were shocked. >> my heart goes out to them. i pray the lord will give them peace and strength. >> the head of the tsa will arrive today. he'll meet with hernandez's family as well as two of the other agents wounded in the shooting. >> ciancia appeared to have a grudge against the security agency. in a note found in the 23-year- old's bag he called himself aed off patriot and said he believed his constitutional rights were being violated by tsa searches. ciancia's father told police about a suicidal text message from his son. >> the text message was a message to the little brother and the way it was written he had some concern about it. >> ciancia's former los angeles roommates say they never suspected he was capable of such violence. edward license wjz eyewitness news. >> kai jackson continues our complete coverage with more on the panic travelers experienced. >> the rapid paced l.a.x. airport comes it a grinding halt after a gunman opens fire. people were hiding i
of investigation says paul ciancia shot gerardo i. hernandez at the screening checkpoint, went up the elevator, came down and shot gerardo i. hernandez again, killing hip. his widow spoke to reporters. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> the federal criminal complaints says paul ciancia used a smith and weeson assault rifle, carried five hay capacity magazines and wounded three police officers. >> the federal bureau of investigation will build a full profile of sooeps , and what -- paul ciancia, and what brought hill to this point. he was raised in this house and lived in los angeles 18 months. unanswered are questions of where he got the gun, why he targeted officers and whether he as mentally stable. >> there's a host of surveillance video that we are going through. there's a tremendous amount of evidence in the case that we are examining that will take time. >> if connected paul ciancia faces life in prison or the death penalty. . >>> meanwhile t.s.a. agent gerardo
ludmer was shot in the leg and requires further surgery. this weekend the widow of gerardo hernandez remembered the father of two who was about to turn who. >> he was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was there to help anyone in need and helped us laugh with his an definitely sense of humor. >> reporter: the suspect is still heavily sedated at the hospital. now federal prosecutors have charged him with murder and commission of violence at an international airport, if he's convicted he could face the death penalty. charlie and margaret? >> thank you, ben. >>> senior correspondent john miller is a former lapd deputy commissioner. good morning. >> good morning. >> this would have still been under your jurisdiction in. >> i was in charge of counterterrorism so this response would have gone with the assumption it was terrorism and investigated back from there. >> do we have more detail from what happened? >> we do and some of it is kind of shocking as the story unfolds. i've been talking to people in l.a. over the weekend is ciancia arrives at the airport on the ct
gerardo hernandez and injuring more. passengers and others ran for cover. >> on the floor, now, on the floor! >> reporter: and teacher brian ludmer was one of those shot. his boss said he had a long road ahead of him. >> his spirits are up. he's still traumatized by all of it, like all of us trying to get our arms around this. >> reporter: meanwhile, a clearer picture of the suspect is emerging. a family friend saying he took it hard when his mother died in 2009 after years of battling multiple sclerosis. classmates at his delaware high school where he played the french horn in the band said he didn't reach out to anyone. >> there were few people who kept to themselves, he was one of them. >> reporter: later, he went to florida, graduating from the motorcycle mechanics institute in 2011. then moving to los angeles looking for work. he shared an apartment with several roommates. one saw nothing so fear. >> he was a very nice guy. a bit loaner or introverted. but nothing where i would ever, ever expect him to do anything like this. >> reporter: this morning, the busy l.a.x. airpo
. transportation security administration officer 39-year-old gerardo hernandez was killed. two other tsa employees and passengers were wounded. high school teacher brian lud mer was traveling to the east coast when he was shot in the leg. terminal 3 at lax is now open as the investigation continues. >> tsa agents are wearing black bands on their badges in memory of hernandez. he is the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> and things should be back to normal at alabama's largest april after a threat disrupted flights and prompted a two-hour evacuation there. an employee found a threatening note in a restroom yesterday afternoon. about a dozen flights were delayed or diverted while the bomb squad investor searched the airport. they found nothing dangerous. >>> a federal civil rights lawsuit is expected ting filed today against sonoma county and the sheriff's anti-doping who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy. the family of andy lopez has filed three wrongful death claims in the case. the deputy shot and killed lopez last month. >>> plans for an upscale shopping center expansion go to the
firing. he first shot t.s.a. officer gerardo hernandez who was checking documents and boarding passes at the bottom of the escalator leading to the t.s.a. checkpoint. a law enforcement source told cbs news after shooting hernandez, ciancia headed toward the escalator but saw hernandez was still moving so he doubled back and shot him again, killing him. at the top of the escalator, ciancia arrived at the t.s.a. checkpoint and entered the area behind security by taking the exit lane reserved for deplaning passengers. he then headed straight down the concourse. sources say he appeared to be hunting t.s.a. officers as he fired away. witness statements and a review of airport security video also indicates to investigators that t.s.a. employees were the gunman's only intended targets. police believe other passengers who were wounded either by gunfire or trying to escape were struck by rounds that ciancia fired at the t.s.a. officered but missed. >> pelley: john, some police departments put armed officers at the checkpoints. the t.s.a. officers aren't armed. why were there no armed l.a.p.d.
, abc7 news. >> here's what we know about the officer who was killed. his name is gerardo hernandez. he's 39-year-old. he works a behavior detection officer and his job was to identify possible terrorists. he had recently transferred from montana. the head of the tsa will visit his family in los angeles today. it's the first time a tsa officer has been killed on duty in the agency's 12 years. who is the shooter? why did he snap? why was he targeting the tsa? we look into the gun man's background. >> reporter: in the small town of pennsville, new jersey, paul anthony ciancia's family got a disturbing text. it was troubling enough that allen cumming was called to the house. he said the text they received suggested the 23-year-old might kill himself. >> our procedure is if someone is concerned about a family member, we call that local police department and do a well-being check and that's basically what we did. it came back he wasn't home. >> l.a.p.d. officers went to his apartment and talked to his roommates. they said the 23-year-old just left, but seemed to be fine. >> he was a nice guy
and shot gerardo i. hernandez. paul ciancia walked away only to return and shoot gerardo i. hernandez again. killing the veteran and father of two and injured others. the 22-year-old is in police custody at a hospital and could face the death penalty. >> the healthcare.gov is down again for maintenance right now. technicianses have been repairing it since seat. google and oracle experts will have been consulted. >> for those of you happy to get an extra hour of sleep - here is something else to look forward to this morning - a solar eclipse. a rare crescent-shaped sound will be visible for those living on the east coast. it will move across the atlantic, and sweep across central africa. i'm morgan radford. thank you for joining us. see you again at 7am eastern. >> got evening i'm joie chen welcome to "america tonight sex th" theweekend edition. we have did h dedicated our attention to sexual assault on campus. there is the repeated belief that campus rape is often the miscommunications and allegations that result to murky he said she said. ttonight we have us visit oxidental campus in calif
security administration identified the dead officer as gerardo i. hernandez, he was 39 years old. >> paul ciancia's parents live in pennsville new jersey. on friday the police chief told reporters that paul ciancia's father received disturbing text messages. the message hinted that he was thinking about suicide. neighbours from the community expressed shock. >> it's tragic. you know, who would have thought anything like this would happen to a quiet neighbourhood, people that grow up, new people and the world - in a rural community such as pennsville, a quiet community - i mean, i know the family and his parents and father. i just - my heart goes out to them. >> i'm shocked that there's anyone outside here. i would never think of anyone around here doing anything like that. no, i'm completely shocked that you are here. we heard helicopters outside, and didn't know what was going on. >> the pennsville police department said officers had no past problems with paul ciancia. neighbours said he came from a good, nice family. >> the most wanted man in pakistan now dead. eyewitness reports are co
security administration identified the dead officer as gerardo i. hernandez. he was 39 years old. >> germany and brazil submitted a draft resolution to the united nations calling for an end to espionage. the document doesn't mention countri countries, but diplomats believe it was apriled at the u.s. >> pairates hijacking ships off the horn of africa earned over a billion in ransom between 2005 and last year. piracy costs the global economy $18 billion a year. pirates use the money to fund crime around the world, including human trafficking, arms trafficking and funding militias. >> two supporters of greece's farr right golden dawn have been killed. it happened in the athens suburb of neo iraklio, outside a gulf cooperation council party -- a golden dawn party office. a greek spokesman promised all involved will be punished. >> translation: the murderers, whoever they are will be dealt fairly. >> more from our correspondent in athens. >> counterterrorism police scour the the street outside golden dawn's office, including a dozen bullet casings. two gunmen fired the rounds into th
angeles today. he is expected to meet with the family of killed tsa officer gerardo hernandez and others. right now l.a.x. is open, but no flights are leaving from terminal 3 where the shooting happened. a tweet from the airport says people who left things in that terminal yesterday can now get them at the ticket counter. >>> and we're also learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order. ciancia lived in l.a., but he is from new jersey. police have been at his family's home in pensville, new jersey. according to the police chief, the suspect sent text messages to his family yesterday, ranting about the government. >> basically, the text message was just a message to the little brother, and the way it was written, they had concern about it. that's when they brought it to our attention. >> the chief says officers informed police in los angeles, but then it was too late. >>> from the moment the first shot rang out, it was chaos at l.a.x. cnn's dan simo
ciancia went up the elevators, came down, shot gerardo i. hernandez again, killing him. >> he was a wonderful husband, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken, and will miss him dearly. >> the federal criminal complaint says paul ciancia used a smith and wesson assault rifle, carried five heavy capacity magazines, and wounded two police officers and a civilian in addition to killing gerardo i. hernandez. the federal bureau of investigation will build a profile of paul ciancia, and what brought him to this point. the 23-year-old was raised in this new jersey house and lived in los angeles about 18 months. unanswered - where he got the gun, why he targeted t.s.a. officers and whether he was mentally stable. >> there's a host of video we are going through. we are examining that. there's a tremendous amount of evidence in the case that we are examining. that will take time. >> if convicted paul ciancia faces the possibility of the death penalty. >> and what is next for the fbi in their investigation? >> they'll be goi
international airport of tsa officer gerardo hernandez and the wounding of several others. saturday night heights lit up over the airport in honor of him. his wife is distraught. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and we will miss him dearly. >> our hearts go out to the tsa officer who was shot and killed. >> two more tsa officers were wound when had 23-year-old paul ciancia took a rifle out of his bag friday morning and started firing. this shows the ensuing mayhem. the fbi is just one of the agencies investigating the shooting. >> we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to make multiple tsa employees. >> and it could have been so much worse if officers had not chased the gun men through the airport terminal three. >> the fact they disabled the assailant within minutes was actually remarkable and saved untolleds lives. >> he remains in the hospital and the hospital says he remains unresponsive. the airport returned to normal operation saturday afternoon. alex stone, abc news, los angeles. >> one of the people cause in the crossfire was torrey bellacci. he's
tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. download it for free. >>> the airport in birmingham, alabama is back open after a bomb threat. an employee found a note that indicated a bomb had been planted in the airport. police searched, but they found nothing. we learned more today about the sonoma county sheriff deputy who shot and killed a teenage boy. jeff westbrook claimed the deputy appeared agitated when he stopped him from make willing an unsafe lane change in august. westbrook said he asked him if he should move his bmw to a safer spot. >> i looked to grab the stick shift and when i looked back up there was a guy and he was screaming turn the vehicle off. at that point i said, sir, the vehicle is off. he repeatitively screamed the same thing. >> he said he would only draw his gun if he saw a need to do so. relatives of andy lopez will announce a federal civil lights lawsuit against the deputy. this woman is due to appear in court to face charges of killing two people
and began firing killing tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. download it for free. >>> the airport in birmingham, alabama is back open after a bomb threat. an employee found a note that indicated a bomb had been planted in the airport. police searched, but they found nothing. we learned more today about the sonoma county sheriff deputy who shot and killed a teenage boy. jeff westbrook claimed the deputy appeared agitated when he stopped him from make willing an unsafe lane change in august. westbrook said he asked him if he should move his bmw to a safer spot. >> i looked to shhe stick shift and when i looked back up there was a guy and he was screaming turn the vehicle off. at that point i said, sir, the vehicle is off. he repeatitively screamed the same thing. >> he said he would only draw his gun if he saw a need to do so. relatives of andy lopezannouncel announce a federal civil lights lawsuit against the deputy. this woman is due to appear in court to face charges
pieces of luggage. he pulled the gun out and opened fire on tsa officer gerardo hernandez killing him. he also shot two other tsa employees and a passenger before airport police shot him four times. according to court documents ciancia left a letter saying he made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees to instill fear. the letter also talked about how easy it is to get a gun into an airport. >> lax has opened but the attack is raising questions about security at america's third largest airport. >> like many passengers noah was stopped at a police check point. >> i'm nervous. honestly, since 9/11 air travels edgier than it used to be. >> investigators say ciancia told them he acted alone. >> today for the first time we're hearing from someone who knowing paul ciancia. her voice and identity is disguised but she explains what the suspected gunman was doing in the days before the shooting. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. he said he was going back home, his dad was sick and that he had to deal with family issues. he mentioned what day he
. this weekend the widow of we gerardo hernandez remembered the father of two who was about to turn who. >> he was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was there to help anyone in need and helped us laugh with his an definitely sense of humor. >> reporter: the suspect is still heavily sedated at the hospital. now federal prosecutors have charged him with murder and commission of violence at an international airport, if he's convicted he could face the death penalty. charlie and margaret? >> thank you, ben. >>> senior correspondent john miller is a former lapd deputy commissioner. good morning. >> good morning. >> this would have still been under your jurisdiction in. >> i was in charge of counterterrorism so this response would have gone with the assumption it was terrorism and investigated back from there. >> do we have more detail from what happened? >> we do and some of it is kind of shocking as the story unfolds. i've been talking to people in l.a. over the weekend is ciancia arrives at the airport on the cta, central terminal area in a black h
as police investigate the shooting that left gerardo i. hernandez dead. 23-year-old suspect paul ciancia walked into the terminal, pulled an assault rifle out of the bag and began shooting. paul ciancia is in hospital after being shot by airport police. >> the taliban has a new leader, khan said named less than a day after the most wanted man hakimullah mehsud was killed in a drone strike. >> getting old is a fact of life. around the world it's taking its toll on people over 65. most national economies are not prepared to care for their elderly, who make up the bulk of their citizens. >> jane ferguson profiles afghanistan, ranked the worst country in the world for theedly r -- the elderly. >> for the elderly life here is tough. according to a survey afghanistan a the worst country to grow old in. in kabul it's common to see elderly men working. their children don't have the income to support them. >> this is where kabal's elderly find out how many they'll get in their pension. if they work for the state they are entitled to cash. they'll look at the details on the list. some get as littl
is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. on the job since 2010. transferred recently to los angeles from montana. the first-ever tsa officer killed in the line of duty. >> it's shocking. very nice guy. i'm speechless. i'm shocked. >> reporter: and the shooter, the fbi releasing his picture over night. paul ciancia, a 23-year-old l.a. resident, whom authorities say opened fire with a high-power rifle, inside terminal three early friday morning. >> we have an active shooting in terminal three. >> reporter: witnesses describe a chaotic scene, saying he started shooting right outside the security checkpoint. as police raced in, he made it all the way to the back of the terminal, near the departure gates. passengers ducked for cover. some even hid in a bathroom stall. officers had their guns drawn, yelling at passengers to drop to the floor. >> everybody on the floor. on the floor, now. >> reporter: and after people ran as fast as they could -- >> go, go. >> reporter: the panic and lockdown that followed blocked ambulances from getting close, causing rescuers to race hundreds of yards to get
killed everybody in the terminal today. >> the tsa officer who died was gerardo hernandez, he was 39 and the first tsa agent ever killed in the line of duty. >> the tsa officer got up and went to work this morning and was not going to go home to their family. >> hernandez leaves behind two sons. he had just transferred here from montana recently. law enforcement sources say the alleged shooter left behind a note expressing anger and frustration at the tsa and he expected to die out here in an airport shootout. live in los angeles, abc7 news. cat tee? katie. >> we understand tsa officials are going to visit with the victims' families today. what can you tell us about that? >> that's right. tsa administrator is expected to fly out here from washington, d.c. he is expected to meet with the family of that officer who was killed and also those wounded in the shooting yesterday. >> live at l.a.x. for us this morning. thank you. a big gun show this weekend will be the first since grcher brown vetoed a bill. the show is even more controversial with yesterday's shooting at l.a.x. vic lee wit
of gerardo hernandez, father of two -- in the line of fire, read a brief statement to reporters outside of their home. >> i'm truly devastated. we are all heart broken and will miss him dearly. >> those iconic pillars of light, the symbols of l.a.x., are lit tsa blue in his honor. things are now back to normal here at terminal three, ciancia is in a hospital bed a few miles away said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he remains consciousness, he will face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty. david wright, abc news, l.a.x. >> so hard to wrap your mind around this, he clearly had strong anti-government views, dressed in military fatigues. had a handwritten note. talked about wanting to kill tsa and pigs and said in the note the tsa violated his rights with searches. >> we are learning so much more about him and his background. he apparently sent a text message to his little brother who lives in new jersey saying he was thinking of suicide. this is how the whole thing got kick-started. the brother reached out to authorities in the l.a. area. the autho
was out to kill multiple tsa officers. authorities say he shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez at point-blank range, sending passengers in the security screening area running for cover. investigators say then ciancia went up an escalator but after apparently spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause and so i looked down the escalator and i saw the gunman, he had his gun trained on the guy on the wall there and he shot him twice. >> reporter: in the end, two more tsa officers and a traveler were hit. l.a.x. police shot ciancia several times in the face and neck. he's alive but in his condition, he remains unresponsive. earlier friday morning, ciancia sent his family in new jersey rambling text messages. a woman who says she knows him says ciancia said he was going to commit suicide. the family alerted authorities, who then asked lapd to do a welfare check. if only police had gotten to his place just 45 minutes earlier, they might have stopped the rampage. but ciancia was already gone. he demanded a ride to th
-old paul ciancia from new jersey. the man killed in the shooting was gerardo i. hernandez, a 5-year vat reason. tsa -- veteran of the tsa. >> police are investigating that paul ciancia was targetting the tsa. >> president obama declares he'll have 17 million signed up for health care. they'll have to
worker gerardo hernandez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. he's the first tsa official to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001. >> and in the frantic moments after gerardo hernandez was shot and killed, airport police reacted very quickly. they were 60 seconds behind ciancia, but could that reaction time have been quicker? could armed tsa agents have prevented something as horrendous as what played out at terminal three on friday. eric holder said this morning they will need to reassess after the investigation is complete. >> the investigation obviously under way, and part of that investigation will be a review of the security measures that were in place. not only at l.a.x. but i think a review of the security arrangements that exist in other airports as well. the function of the tsa is to insure that people can board planes safely. take flights safely. the responsibility for protecting airport security is not a ts ark function, but something i think we need to certainly examine, given what happened in los angeles. >> let's get the perspective here. let
>> healthcare.gov shutting down everyday for hours at a time. cbs news learns at tsa officer gerardo hernandez. two other workers were wounded. a coach is at the hospital after collapsing sunday night. >> he did not have a heart attack. they're checking on everything. >> faa is investigating two planes. the the impact carried a fire ball. all were able to jump free. >> we were lucky this time. >> morsi is charged today. >> a college student rescued after sending nearly two terrifying days trapped between two buildings. >> how do we not hold the security guards he would be dead right now. >> snowden's request for clemency. the serious fire ball burning through a montreal neighborhood. >> that is not cool. >> all that. >> passenger at the airport were shocked when a small alligator was found under an escalator. >> what? >> nfl record. >> all that matters. >> toronto's mayor says he'll ride the storm out after allegations he was caught on video smoking crack. >> i have made mistakes. >> oprah winfrey auctioned off personal belongings over the weekend. >> usually gayle comes by
tsa agent gerardo hernandez, injure two other tsa agents and a teacher at the airport. ciancia is in critical condition, unable to speak. >>> exclusive internal memos obtained by abc news show that applications by phone or mail are facing the same problems as those on the health care website. they are using the same flawed computer system. one memorandum describes the paper applications as an effort to buy time. >>> and the biggest anti-american demonstration is under way in tehran. protesters are stomping on the american flag. and starting fires, marking 34 years since the iranian hostage crisis. >>> a bizarre admission from the mayor of toronto. rob ford says he's sorry for, and i quote, being hammered, end quote, in public. he refuses to resign. he did not address allegations that he smokes crack cocaine. >>> and a taxi dash cam was rolling when this driver lost control on a busy highway. take a look. just before the road splits in two outside jerusalem, the driver suddenly swerves, slams into the side of a van, bounces back over the median. finally plowing into a railing. s
-old hernz r the first -- gerardo i. hernandez, the first tsa agent to die undertaining k his duty. >> he was a great guy, he was proud of his son that played football, how big his son was, and his daughter. >> the man police say was the shooter, 23-year-old paul ciancia from pennsville new jersey is in critical continue in a los angeles hospital. a law enforcement official saying paul ciancia had a note in his bag saying he wanted to kill tsa employees. >> his family called police in los angeles looking for help after receiving a message from their son saying he was going to hurt himself. >> we followed up doing a wellbeing check. he was not home. lapd advised me they'd contact us as soon as they made contact to alert the family that he was okay. i discovered from the ap that paul was the suspect. >> jonathan, we expect to hear from the federal bureau of investigation in less than an hour. they've been sparing with details over the last 24 hours. we don't know what they'll say. obviously they are investigating the background of the shooter and why this happened. >> do we have any idea of
as much mention is the man who was killed yesterday, the transportation security officer, gerardo i. hernandez, and his wife spoke. really, she was rather elegant and composed when she talked about her husband. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and will miss him dealer. thank you very much. >> really sad to hear something like that. so the fbi says that they are going to build a full profile of paul ciancia to see exactly what did drive him to do this. he's lived in los angeles about a year and a half, originally from pennsville new jersey. nobody yet has said that there was any signal that he was going to do this or it would happen. >> what happens next in the fbi's investigation? >> they'll go over - you know, where he lives, talking to his friends, his family, electronic communications, where he got the gun, how he got to the airport. we are told he was dropped off. probably the fbi knows who dropped him off. everything from a to b they will go over, including every shell
literally killed everybody in that terminal today. >> the tsa officer who died was gerardo i hernandez. he was 39. first tsa agent ever killed in the like of duty. >> a tsa officer got up and went to work this morning and is not going to go home to their family. >> now that officer who was killed was a father of two. he had just transferred here from montana. katie. >> it's just so sad, have we learned anything at this point about the motive, why the gunman did this? >> well, investigators are still looking into a motive. law enforcement source tell us that the alleged shooter left behind a note that specifically expressed anger and frustration at the tsa. that note also suggested that the alleged shooter intended to die out here in an airport shootout. >> live at los angeles international airport for us this morning. we will check in with you again during the next hour. thank you. >>> other news this morning in the bay area, the big gun show at the cal palace is the first. the show becomes more controversial with yesterday's shooting at lax. we have the story. >> reporter: during the last
where he was pursued by police and later taken into custody. the tsa agent is identified as gerardo hernandez. passengers during all of this hid inside restrooms, many poured out on to the tarmac. there was bloodshed and chaos that filled the terminal. investigators were able to shut down the terminal. 167,000 passengers here at lax, the third busiest in the country were affected by this. the terminal today remains shut down although the other terminals are operational. it was chaos and confusion all day yesterday, lester. but the suspect is in custody, lester. >> miguel almaguer at lax. thank you. >>> pete williams has more on the investigation into the suspect and also a possible motive. he's with us from washington. pete, what can you tell us? >> i can tell you, erica, that federal officials are going through this person's background hoping to find out what led him to take a rifle and over 100 rounds of ammunition to the airport. they say paul anthony ciancia, age 23, originally from new jersey, was carrying some radical antigovernment written material they describe as harshly cr
suspect. we learned about the man who police say he shot and killed yesterday. that is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. he was a tsa agent. in fact, he was the first tsa agent ever shot and killed in the line of duty. he was also the father of two. at the same time we are learning more about the gunman. police say 23-year-old paul ciansio pulled out a rifle and started shooting. >> shooting was on the left-hand side from where we heard the gun shot. it was horrible, you know. it was vietnam all again. >> authorities say it could have been worse. that's because he was found with more than 100 rounds left when he was finally taken into custody. witnesses think he was targeting tsa agents. they say he walked up to them, asked them if they were working for tsa. when he was taken into custody he had a had written note that said he wanted to harm tsa agents. he is from new jersey. apparently earlier in the week he texted his brother in new jersey saying he wanted to try to kill himself. authorities looking into that. he was shot before taken into custody, but he is still alive and they are trying
spoke to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was delivered to l.a.x. saturday where there's a visible police presence in car, on foot and on bicycles. >> we saw a lot of policemen around so i'm feeling good. >> reporter: a blue tarp cordoned off the security checkpoint where authorities say 23-year-old paul ciancia opened fire. the fbi wrapped up its forensic investigation and cleaning crews were brought in to sanitize the area. >> we want to make sure when people walk in that the place is pristine and no evidence of incidents that occurred. >> reporter: terminal 3 is now completely operational but some baggage was left behind during friday's chaos. passengers are enco
to the media saturday. >> gerardo would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated and we are all heartbroken. >> reporter: the head of the tsa expressed his condolences on behalf of the agency. >> officers hernandez was the first tsa employee killed in the line of duty. >> on the floor, on the floor now! >> reporter: hernandez was killed in a shooting rampage at los angeles international airport friday morning. four other people were wounded. a wreath was delivered to l.a.x. saturday where there's a visible police presence in car, on foot and on bicycles. >> we saw a lot of policemen around so i'm feeling good. >> reporter: a blue tarp cordoned off the security checkpoint where authorities say 23-year-old paul ciancia opened fire. the fbi wrapped up its forensic investigation and cleaning crews were brought in to sanitize the area. >> we want to make sure when people walk in that the place is pristine and no evidence of incidents that occurred. >> reporter: terminal 3 is now completely operational but some baggage was left behind during friday's chaos. passengers are encourage to
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